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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102766/soluble-p-selectin-rescues-mice-from-anthrax-lethal-toxin-induced-mortality-through-psgl-1-pathway-mediated-correction-of-hemostasis
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Der-Shan Sun, Yao-Wen Chang, Jyh-Hwa Kau, Hsin-Hsien Huang, Pei-Hsun Ho, Yin-Jeh Tzeng, Hsin-Hou Chang
As one of the virulence factors of Bacillus anthracis, lethal toxin (LT) induces various pathogenic responses including the suppression of the coagulation system. In this study, we observed that LT markedly increased the circulating soluble P-selectin (sP-sel) levels and microparticle (MP) count in wild-type but not P-selectin (P-sel, Selp(-)(-)(-)) or P-sel ligand-1 (PSGL-1, Selplg(-)(-)(-)) knockout mice. Because sP-sel induces a hypercoagulable state through PSGL-1 pathway to generate tissue factor-positive MPs, we hypothesized that the increase in plasma sP-sel levels can be a self-rescue response in hosts against the LT-mediated suppression of the coagulation system...
January 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101913/nasopharyngeal-colonization-with-streptococcus%C3%A2-pneumoniae-triggers-dendritic-cell-dependent-antibody-responses-against-invasive-disease-in-mice
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Anne Dommaschk, Nadine Ding, Meritxell Tort Tarres, Lara F Bittersohl, Regina Maus, Jennifer Stolper, Danny Jonigk, Peter Braubach, Torsten Lippmann, Tobias Welte, Ulrich A Maus
Nasopharyngeal colonization with Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn) is an important precondition for the development of pneumococcal pneumonia. At the same time, nasopharyngeal colonization with Spn has been shown to mount adaptive immune responses against Spn in mice and humans. Cellular responses of the nasopharyngeal compartment, including the nasal-associated lymphoid tissue (NALT), to pneumococcal colonization and their importance for developing adaptive immune responses are poorly defined. We show that nasopharyngeal colonization with S...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100938/public-perceptions-of-plastic-surgery-practice-in-brazil
#3
Rafael Denadai, Karin Milleni Araujo, Hugo Samartine, Rodrigo Denadai, Cassio Eduardo Raposo-Amaral
The perception of medical specialists by the public has a significant effect on health-care decisions, research funding allocation, and implantation of educational measures. The purpose of this survey was to assess the public's perception of the field of plastic surgery practice. General public members (n = 1290) completed a survey where they matched nine specialties with 28 plastic surgery-related scenarios. Response patterns were distributed as "plastic surgeon alone," "plastic surgeon combined with other specialists," or "no plastic surgeon...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100502/rack1-regulates-angiotensin-ii-induced-contractions-of-shr-preglomerular-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#4
Xiao Zhu, Edwin K Jackson
The preglomerular microcirculation of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) is hypersensitive to angiotensin II, and studies show that this is likely due to enhanced convergent signaling between G-protein subunits αq (Gαq; released by angiotensin II) and G-protein subunits βγ (Gβγ; released by Gi-coupled receptors) to active phospholipase C (PLC). Here we investigated the molecular basis for the enhanced convergent signaling between Gβγ and Gαq in SHR preglomerular vascular smooth muscle cells (PGVSMCs)...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100213/transcriptomic-response-of-wolf-spider-pardosa-pseudoannulata-to-transgenic-rice-expressing-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ab-protein
#5
Juan Wang, Yuande Peng, Kaifu Xiao, Baoyang Wei, Jilin Hu, Zhi Wang, Qisheng Song, Xuguo Zhou
BACKGROUND: Bacillum thuringiensis (Bt) toxin produced in Cry1-expressing genetically modified rice (Bt rice) is highly effective to control lepidopteran pests, which reduces the needs for synthetic insecticides. Non-target organisms can be exposed to Bt toxins through direct feeding or trophic interactions in the field. The wolf spider Pardosa pseudoannulata, one of the dominant predators in South China, plays a crucial role in the rice agroecosystem. In this study, we investigated transcriptome responses of the 5th instar spiders fed on preys maintained on Bt- and non-Bt rice...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100180/extensive-bilateral-corneal-edema-6%C3%A2-weeks-after-cataract-surgery-keratopathy-due-to-asclepias-physocarpa-a-case-report
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Kazuki Matsuura, Shiro Hatta, Yuki Terasaka, Yoshitsugu Inoue
BACKGROUND: Surgeons may be unaware of the ability of plant toxins to cause corneal damage. Therefore, corneal damage following intraocular surgery due to plant toxins may be misdiagnosed as postoperative infection. CASE PRESENTATION: A 74-year-old man presented with hyperemia and reduced visual acuity in both eyes 6 weeks after uneventful cataract surgery. We observed extensive hyperemia and corneal stromal edema with Descemet's folds in both eyes. After obtaining a detailed patient history, we diagnosed plant toxin-induced corneal edema due to Asclepias physocarpa, which can induce corneal edema by inhibiting the Na(+)/K(+) ATPase activity of the corneal endothelium...
January 18, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099508/effects-of-soil-salinity-on-the-expression-of-bt-toxin-cry1ac-and-the-control-efficiency-of-helicoverpa-armigera-in-field-grown-transgenic-bt-cotton
#7
Jun-Yu Luo, Shuai Zhang, Jun Peng, Xiang-Zhen Zhu, Li-Min Lv, Chun-Yi Wang, Chun-Hua Li, Zhi-Guo Zhou, Jin-Jie Cui
An increasing area of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton is being planted in saline-alkaline soil in China. The Bt protein level in transgenic cotton plants and its control efficiency can be affected by abiotic stress, including high temperature, water deficiency and other factors. However, how soil salinity affects the expression of Bt protein, thus influencing the control efficiency of Bt cotton against the cotton bollworm (CBW) Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) in the field, is poorly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099443/inhibition-of-human-drug-transporter-activities-by-the-pyrethroid-pesticides-allethrin-and-tetramethrin
#8
Lisa Chedik, Arnaud Bruyere, Marc Le Vee, Bruno Stieger, Claire Denizot, Yannick Parmentier, Sophie Potin, Olivier Fardel
Pyrethroids are widely-used chemical insecticides, to which humans are commonly exposed, and known to alter functional expression of drug metabolizing enzymes. Limited data have additionally suggested that drug transporters, that constitute key-actors of the drug detoxification system, may also be targeted by pyrethroids. The present study was therefore designed to analyze the potential regulatory effects of these pesticides towards activities of main ATP-binding cassette (ABC) and solute carrier (SLC) drug transporters, using transporter-overexpressing cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099280/a-novel-approach-for-ultrasound-guided-botulinum-toxin-injections-botulis-mus-projects
#9
Bayram Kaymak, Murat Kara, Arzu Yağiz On, Levent Özçakar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099276/factors-in-the-efficacy-safety-and-impact-on-quality-of-life-for-treatment-of-drooling-with-botulinum-toxin-type-a-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
#10
Maria D Gonzalez-L, Carmen Martinez, Inma Bori Y Fortuny, Santiago Suso-Vergara
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) injected in both submandibular and parotid versus only in parotid glands as a treatment for drooling in patients with spastic and dyskinetic cerebral palsy (CP), including an assessment of impact on quality of life (QoL) based on items from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) core set. DESIGN: Forty patients with CP 18 years or older (mean, 21.8 years) participated in a prospective, single-center, randomized controlled interventional study...
February 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099056/multidisciplinary-approach-to-esophageal-achalasia-a-single-center-experience
#11
Francisco Schlottmann, Ciro Andolfi, Robert T Kavitt, Vani J A Konda, Marco G Patti
BACKGROUND: The treatment of achalasia is palliative. Pneumatic dilatation (PD) or laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) just eliminates the outflow obstruction allowing easier emptying of the esophagus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of a multidisciplinary approach to esophageal achalasia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A consecutive series of patients with achalasia treated by a multidisciplinary esophageal team consisting of radiologists, gastroenterologists, and surgeons in a quaternary care center between May 2008 and April 2015 were analyzed...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098783/the-influence-of-the-toxin-antitoxin-mazef-on-growth-and-survival-of-listeria-monocytogenes-under-stress
#12
Thomas D Curtis, Ippei Takeuchi, Lone Gram, Gitte M Knudsen
A major factor in the resilience of Listeria monocytogenes is the alternative sigma factor B (σ(B)). Type II Toxin/Antitoxin (TA) systems are also known to have a role in the bacterial stress response upon activation via the ClpP or Lon proteases. Directly upstream of the σ(B) operon in L. monocytogenes is the TA system mazEF, which can cleave mRNA at UACMU sites. In this study, we showed that the mazEF TA locus does not affect the level of persister formation during treatment with antibiotics in lethal doses, but exerts different effects according to the sub-inhibitory stress added...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098782/auranofin-inhibits-the-enzyme-activity-of-pasteurella-multocida-toxin-pmt-in-human-cells-and-protects-cells-from-intoxication
#13
Stefan Carle, Thorsten Brink, Joachim H C Orth, Klaus Aktories, Holger Barth
The AB-type protein toxin from Pasteurella multocida (PMT) contains a functionally important disulfide bond within its catalytic domain, which must be cleaved in the host cell cytosol to render the catalytic domain of PMT into its active conformation. Here, we found that the reductive potential of the cytosol of target cells, and more specifically, the activity of the thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) is crucial for this process. This was demonstrated by the strong inhibitory effect of the pharmacological TrxR inhibitor auranofin, which inhibited the intoxication of target cells with PMT, as determined by analyzing the PMT-catalyzed deamidation of GTP-binding proteins (G-proteins) in the cytosol of cells...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098781/distinct-neurotoxicity-profile-of-listeriolysin-o-from-listeria-monocytogenes
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Jana Maurer, Sabrina Hupp, Carolin Bischoff, Christina Foertsch, Timothy J Mitchell, Trinad Chakraborty, Asparouh I Iliev
Cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs) are protein toxins that originate from Gram-positive bacteria and contribute substantially to their pathogenicity. CDCs bind membrane cholesterol and build prepores and lytic pores. Some effects of the toxins are observed in non-lytic concentrations. Two pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes, cause fatal bacterial meningitis, and both produce toxins of the CDC family-pneumolysin and listeriolysin O, respectively. It has been demonstrated that pneumolysin produces dendritic varicosities (dendrite swellings) and dendritic spine collapse in the mouse neocortex, followed by synaptic loss and astrocyte cell shape remodeling without elevated cell death...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098746/marine-antibody-drug-conjugates-design-strategies-and-research-progress
#15
REVIEW
Yu-Jie Wang, Yu-Yan Li, Xiao-Yu Liu, Xiao-Ling Lu, Xin Cao, Bing-Hua Jiao
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), constructed with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), linkers, and natural cytotoxins, are innovative drugs developed for oncotherapy. Owing to the distinctive advantages of both chemotherapy drugs and antibody drugs, ADCs have obtained enormous success during the past several years. The development of highly specific antibodies, novel marine toxins' applications, and innovative linker technologies all accelerate the rapid R&D of ADCs. Meanwhile, some challenges remain to be solved for future ADCs...
January 13, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097463/neurokinin-1-receptor-immunopositive-neurons-in-the-medullary-dorsal-horn-provide-collateral-axons-to-both-the-thalamus-and-parabrachial-nucleus-in-rats
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Xu Li, Shun-Nan Ge, Yang Li, Han-Tao Wang
It has been suggested that the trigemino-thalamic and trigemino-parabrachial projection neurons in the medullary dorsal horn (MDH) are highly implicated in the sensory-discriminative and emotional/affective aspects of orofacial pain, respectively. In previous studies, some neurons were reported to send projections to both the thalamus and parabrachial nucleus by way of collaterals in the MDH. However, little is known about the chemoarchitecture of this group of neurons. Thus, in the present study, we determined whether the neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor, which is crucial for primary orofacial pain signaling, was expressed in MDH neurons co-innervating the thalamus and parabrachial nucleus...
January 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097384/stress-response-physiology-of-thermophiles
#17
REVIEW
Preeti Ranawat, Seema Rawat
Thermo (or hyperthermo) philic microorganisms are ubiquitous having a wide range of habitats from freshly fallen snow to pasteurized milk to geothermal areas like hot springs. The variations in physicochemical conditions, viz., temperature, pH, nutrient availability and light intensity in the habitats always pose stress conditions for the inhabitants leading to slow growth or cell death. The industrial processes used for harvesting secondary metabolites such as enzymes, toxins and organic acids also create stressed environments for thermophiles...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097085/interaction-with-adenylate-cyclase-toxin-from-bordetella-pertussis-affects-the-metal-binding-properties-of-calmodulin
#18
Tzvia I Springer, Corey C Emerson, Christian W Johns, Natosha L Finley
Adenylate cyclase toxin domain (CyaA-ACD) is a calmodulin (CaM)-dependent adenylate cyclase involved in Bordetella pertussis pathogenesis. Calcium (Ca(2+)) and magnesium (Mg(2+)) concentrations impact CaM-dependent CyaA-ACD activation, but the structural mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, NMR, dynamic light scattering, and native PAGE were used to probe Mg(2+)-induced transitions in CaM's conformation in the presence of CyaA-ACD. Mg(2+) binding was localized to sites I and II, while sites III and IV remained Ca(2+) loaded when CaM was bound to CyaA-ACD...
January 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096120/anatomy-botulinum-toxin-injections
#19
Jack Scheuer, Jeffrey M Kenkel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095880/high-throughput-expression-of-animal-venom-toxins-in-escherichia-coli-to-generate-a-large-library-of-oxidized-disulphide-reticulated-peptides-for-drug-discovery
#20
Jeremy Turchetto, Ana Filipa Sequeira, Laurie Ramond, Fanny Peysson, Joana L A Brás, Natalie J Saez, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Loic Quinton, Edwin De Pauw, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are complex molecular cocktails containing a wide range of biologically active disulphide-reticulated peptides that target, with high selectivity and efficacy, a variety of membrane receptors. Disulphide-reticulated peptides have evolved to display improved specificity, low immunogenicity and to show much higher resistance to degradation than linear peptides. These properties make venom peptides attractive candidates for drug development. However, recombinant expression of reticulated peptides containing disulphide bonds is challenging, especially when associated with the production of large libraries of bioactive molecules for drug screening...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
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